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£19.5M for quantum technologies - possible applications in agri-tech

Innovate UK and EPSRC will soon launch a £19.5 million competition to develop quantum technology prototypes or establish technical or market feasibility.

Quantum technologies can have applications in agri-food - for example the use of quantum imaging to identify problems with crops or food, quantum sensors to remotely measure soil quality, or quantum devices to protect supply chains.

If you would like to discuss possible agri-food applications for this competition please email


About the competition

Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are to invest up to £19.5 million in quantum technologies. The aim of this competition is to encourage collaborative R&D projects and feasibility studies that will either:
  • develop prototype devices and demonstrators of quantum technologies or their component technologies
  • improve the understanding of the technical, business or market challenges of taking a new device or service to market
The devices may be:
  • clocks
  • sensors
  • imaging
  • communications
  • computing
  • other devices that use quantum effects of superposition or entanglement
Proposals must be collaborative and a business must lead the project.
This is a single-stage competition:
Feasibility studies: Ranging in size from total costs of £50,000 to £400,000. Projects should last between 6 months and 1 year.
Collaborative research and development (R&D): Ranging in size from total costs of £500,000 to £2 million. Projects should last up to 2 years. Projects must be completed by 31 March 2019.
Key dates:
Competition opens: Monday 18 July 2016
Registration deadline: noon on Wednesday 28 September 2016
Expression of interest deadline: noon on Wednesday 5 October 2016
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